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Barrett Tillman Education. (2012) 'Enterprise America's Fightingest Ship and The Men Who Helped Win World War II.'

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   Fightingest Ship and The Men Who Helped Win World War II.'  

    September 3, 2012
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think it's a book we have three. the fiction books i'm doing of course reading daniel silber's new book an american colleague of mine. you have got to love his books. fallen angel, it's historical fiction that is what i love. i've been plodding through and i haven't given up on it. the stephen king book, 112263 another fictionalized in no history book. obviously using the kennedy assassination, plotting through that one. it's never a quick read. anyway that is what i'm reading this summer. i hope to finish them all before the convention. ..
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eight local author in some senses because he lives in mesa arizonan but he's actually from orie and here is a tooth. dvr interesting things. he was first published at the age of 15. he has written 45 books of particular that really blows me away is 600 magazine articles. what do you do? write in your sleep? >> i've been told that i laughed
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in my sleep. [laughter] >> in any case, his work of fiction include collaborations with best-selling author harold paul and stevan and he has won a string of awards and probably the most relevant for today is the 2,009 u.s. naval institute general price but he has won awards from the air force for historicalwriting, the north american society for oceanographic history. that sounded pretty cool. you grew up to become an aviator but as mentioned he was the real from that and he's done the next best thing he says writing all these wonderful books about airborne warfare and related topics. his latest, the legendary world war ii aircraft carrier enterprise team and was inspired
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by a landmark book by the retired author who wrote the story of the uss enterprise in 1962. and the article in the arizona republic the interview that he did went on to say that surely the world needs a landmark book about the enterprise every 50 years the would make it worthwhile to come back and do another landmark book about the enterprise. islamic this is the inspiration for my abiding interest in the enterprise. the paperback was published in 1964 and you can do the math. this was the summer after my freshman year in high school,
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and during the cross-country training journey i read most of this book and i was in for two reasons. number one as the exceptional quality of the riding. was a wonderful author and he was about 93 or 94 retired in florida, and he as the author describes, enterprise was essential to the way the united states was able to pursue the pacific war after pearl harbor. shortly after the end of the guadalcanal campaign which was early 43 and the correspondent wrote a very good contemporary book that title referred to the fact at the heart of the canal can pay and which was the closely fought campaign in the pacific war enterprise was in
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our carriers combat in the pacific in 1922 the only other survivor was the uss saratoga which sustained on two occasions and therefore miss to the entirety for that year of years later couple reasons. number one, stafford's book is superb on the aviation aspects of the various unions, the squadrons that go through the enterprise during the entire war but he's told in a couple of
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e-mails he wished that they had been able to write a longer book and a road to the cut took him five years to write this one that would include more of the ship's company with with the navy called white hats, the steelers between them and the commission officers and the sheep petty officers who need the ship work and consequently, i wanted to devote a good portion of my book to the enlisted and the noncommissioned people and the success. the other aspect is advancing scholarship apart from the fact that my book includes the design and construction enterprise we are also in a saturation where in 1962 we had little information the was available from the japanese side and that
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certainly changed. we are going - 1520 years published a massive for the wartime reports for the army navy and air force. in some of the information has come about. for instance in ed stafford's book in one of the lost chapter is it's called tomizni to read the was thought to be the name of the kamikaze pilot. it was in the ship of the combat for the rest of the war.
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we now know based on the research here and in japan his name was shinseki, and one of the things that most intrigues me about writing the history is that you never know what is coming at you from around the corner or in this case in the mail. with the handwriting i didn't recognize. i open it in the there was another piece of paper from the pocket of tomizni, may 1945 and was the 50's and peter note. whoever had acquired fortunately
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kept the fully extended without additional cruisers and had kept it in the dark for all those years and as a result of and that specific instance of a resolve to find out more about the lieutenant-general from miaso and from a midshipman at the japanese naval academy in 1945i am now in touch with the deceased kamikaze pilot brother in japan, and his family is so proud to know that the enterprise association recognizes valley that that young man the 22-year-old pilat demonstrated as a dedicated enemy of the uss enterprise.
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so you have the enemies who now have come together and have thought enterprise members who have picked up souvenirs mainly the pieces of the airplane and kept them and now have returned some of those artifacts to the family in japan and it adds a whole new dimension. unfortunately, some of the advantages that the stafford did not -- because there has been a considerable amount of material published since 1962. some of my colleagues such as john one strum who rode the wonderful to volume study of the naval air combat in the pacific after pearl harbor the preeminent historian of the guadalcanal campaign and he did a landmark book several years
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ago called shattered soared, giving a brand new perspective on the battle of midway. all of those contained additional material that wasn't readily available. in fact in some cases it did not exist in the early 1960's. so, that is sort of a long way around the block. the continued historiography of the enterprise was almost unending. one of the things that i have most enjoyed in researching and writing this book is getting to know the ship's company because they are well acquainted with a good many of the aviators of the crewmen. but what most people will realize that the enterprise is the huge reason for the ships institutional success, and i wanted to write a book about the institution rather than just about the worship is the
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unprecedented amount of the longevity within the ship's company. when enterprise was commissioned in 1938, the combined total of the ship company and air group was between 212,200 devotee individuals. throughout the war it is estimated about approximately 15,000 served aboard the ship and there was a considerable turnover because for one thing enterprise was a leadership factory and people who gained experience either with the ship's operation and the squadrons that could be passed down when the transferred elsewhere. but to give you an idea of how much this book is a grab at history when i started writing it in 2009 there were for
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unknown owners estimated at the original ship's company who placed the enterprise and the commission and one of those was able to talk to me and his name was called and he had some wonderful stories you'll see in the book his role in crossing the line a ceremony is an ancient custom about crossing the equator he was cast as the prince for king neptune's royal court. some of the other folks who gave me what they call a debt plate looking at the operation
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included barn hill who was no longer with us who were general quarters and sent to the war on the morning of december 7, 1941. and when i talked to him he said, you know, i still have the bugle and i wonder what i should do with. the museum the place on tuesday and another one of my contact was back in north carolina and a very impressive individual who took part his advice from a succession of the ships' captains and went to college afterwards and became a scholar himself and his perspective was absolutely unique. they were basically the captain secretary for every commanding officer from 1941 to 1945 at
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least to the end of the war. he saw every kaftan come and go and he knew their strengths and weaknesses receptive to the advice of those who were not and looking at the turnover among discovers throughout the ships career from 1938 to 1946 this included three essentially after the war when the ship was not really. some of the long term petty officers and chief petty officers the two executive officers were back-to-back and in those days the aircraft carriers had to be commanded
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rothkopf and the number two man also had to be a mediator and a southern man named john connally and came to the ship as the operations officer during the guadalcanal campaign and he was called uncle john by everybody, officers and men alike. he was one of these individuals that did everything extremely well. he was a stellar scholar annapolis and was a super aviator and his attitude was if you are an enterprise to man it doesn't matter how many years have passed since the war if you look up on soltanieh and he would do everything possible he could the other successor was tom hamilton and some of these die-hard football fans recognize him as the navy's football coach from before the war and tom hamilton had been chosen by the
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head of the navy avian to oversee the implementation of the physical training regimen for the naval aviators and they had a solid background before he ever turned aboard the ship. i mentioned some of which the petty officers' and there are none in particular that satellite didn't get to know. he passed away several years ago. but his name on the ships roster is b.h. beams. nobody knows what b.h. stands for but he was such a character that was such that b.h. stood for bulk head. [laughter] bulk head beams chabad aboard the ship is the master at arms, and basically that is the chief
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of police. he is in charge of the security and patrol. on one occasion in 1944, he walked into the captain's office in the island, the captain was gone and there were some miscreance blanket spread on the deck and asou might imagine, poker which they were also doing at the same time was not only illegal, so bulk head was immediately faced with a dilemma. he could bust them and some of them were his buddies he didn't want to hold them in. on the other hand, he saw them and they saw him come and everybody knew that everybody knew what was going on. so, rather than turning around and walking away and hoping that the miscreant would keep quiet about it, which he knew was
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extremely unlikely, he went down and said what's the anti? one of them set for ducks, chief and he ponied up 50 cents and spent the rest of the day gambling. consider the inflation factor. bulk head beams 117,000 of the $1,944. [laughter] if you check the inflation and that today, that is something over $200,000. he was such an ethical guy that he made sure he lost all $17,000 before he broke up the beam and said you get out of here. so that gives you the impression of what the quality of leadership and just the downright characters who populated the good ship
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enterprise. on another occasion this would have been before bulk head's agenda. the ship was se of the solomon islands and the javanese at long range patrol planes that could drop bombs from time to time. they seldom held anything important but they still could drop bombs and on this one occasion this would have been leaked 42, early 43. the ships department was required to dig up an extended ordinance and as you can imagine that is a pretty high risk job. in charge of the detail we wandered off somewhere and got to be the shank of the day and was a long hard work. somebody said you know, we have
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a case of grapefruit juice back here and some of them have pure grain alcohol would you say we makes some cocktails, which they did so they consumed the cocktails and went back to work. [laughter] about that time he came back body and he saw what he saw. he said get in the jeep and i will take you back to the ship and you can finish up tomorrow. so the crew was probably six or eight guys and he had to wait for them and the jeep but the commander headed back up and he hit a bump and it pitched out the back end. it knocked the wind out of him. he was already three sheets to the wind.
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step on the brakes, stopped, come to a screeching halt and go back and look at this guy whose nickname i didn't ask his nickname for some relatives for and there is that. [laughter] he looks over at him and he says how are you doing, sun? and he looks at him and he says uncle john please tell my folks in savannah the iodide in the line of duty -- that i died in the line of duty? [laughter] he took him back into the ship and that was uncle john. the commander left them on their shoulders and went looking for the missing limbs and apparently it wasn't pretty when they caught up with the missing officer. i mentioned those wonderful stories as critical as the enterprise was to america's
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effort. at the level it was populated with some people and i'm not going to say we don't have it just like that in the navy, but i am willing to bet that it was much smaller and that shortly before i cannot hear today i got a phone call from one of my genuine heroes the retired admiral who among other things was a prewar a non-aviator who with everything in the enterprise and 89 struck and not less and then as far as we know he is the only 1i came back later as an aviator. she was politically incorrect before it existed and he said a few years ago you know, with my attitude they wouldn't let me in the back door today.
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jig dog is one of those i said a plank of honor in the established at runnels club because wasn't he dhaka on the astonished commesso was everybody that knew him. [laughter] as he said, no system is perfect to get a little bit historical in explaining just how political enterprise was at the time of pearl harbor she was one of the three carriers assigned to the pacific fleet and the reason she wasn't destroyed in the pearl harbor is that she was on the way back from delivering the airplanes to the island and problems with another ship delayed her turn. she taught in that evening and that didn't prevent several of her aircraft from being shot down when the japanese attacked
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because the enterprise launched some skilled bombers to search ahead of the chef and down to hell lundy and then later that evening the six fighters were diverted to the shore to pearl harbor coming in as you -- anybody that has been the military knows there is always somebody that doesn't get the word yet here are six airplanes who had been known at some levels the word did not get around to everyone. somebody opened fire and a long story short the airplanes were shot down and three of the pilots were killed. one was an acquaintance of mine at that time and was able to land safely that evening and up to the front line they said some rare and opened fire on them and missed the back of his head by
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that far. so, jim was one of those who insisted one of uncle sam's unindicted children. [laughter] but from here on come enterprise lexington and saratoga were the operative carriers in the pacific fleet until enterprise's older sister, a year older, came around from the east coast. the next several months the best we could do with the battleship's destroyed on the sideline and the submarine's affected in the torpedoes were across the pacific. that changed in june of 1942 when the admiral learned that the japanese were planning on midway which was clear up west
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of hawaii of oahu have one of the last. in the today's battle the enterprise group sank three of the four committed carriers to the battle and went down which was lost in the battle, said it was a huge strategic for the japanese but for the enterprise it was to quote my friend who commanded the squadron it was the revenge fleet revenge of pearl harbor. the italians say that it is best served cold and by june it was six months cold. one of the recurring things that you will see in talking to the enterprise veterans is midway
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was the back for pearl harbor, and it was visceral by all hands. midway the japanese were first on the defensive, and it's allowed the united states navy and marine corps and the league of the army to initiate the first strategic offensive that america undertook during the war at guadalcanal in august, two months after midway. enterprise was a bear from start to finish and involved in two of the military battles from eastern solomon in august and the battle of santa cruz in october. in her youngest sister, the hornet, which had launched the be 25 back in april had a slump at santa cruz, enterprise was already -- excuse me, saratoga was already on the west coast.
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so that gets us back to the book because at the height of the guadalcanal campaign in november-december, 1932, enterprise was our only carrier operational in the pacific have traveled back and forth with a couple of the other airfield and as you will see in the book i devoted a short segment to the end of the guadalcanal campaign. what if enterprise had been badly damaged or even sunken in pearl harbor midway or early in the guadalcanal campaign, but any one of those junctures, the innovative ability of the enterprise with the adverse affect of the united states saw' strategic capabilities in the pacific theater of operations,
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so it was that close and operation. .. one of the trends that i addressed in the book how he was involved in developing -- early
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on but also some of the early carrier exirmtation with radar. that takes me back to one of the -- [inaudible] the extremely cooperative and dedicatedded public affairs officer of the enterprise organization. retire in the san diego area. he was -- an as i recall he said that in january of 1942, he was slated for an audition with the walt disney symphony. he's on cloud nine. next thing you know he was in the navy. all he knew about the radio was turning it on. he made it through radar consider which was a considerable accomplishment in
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those days. he was proud of himself shortly before the ship was deploy at the end of 1944, owe and radio and radar folks were assembled in a marine locker room with guards outside. the head of the electronics officer said gentleman, congratulations you process invaluable -- new technology you've worked hard to learn it. it's critical to our success in the forthcoming operations. in fact, it's so important that under the circumstances are any of you allow yourself to be taken prisoner. [laughter] at that point he began to -- [inaudible] the radar school task that never became a circumstance. one other thing i'll address
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here and then probably move it to questions. people had commented ever since 1958 when the navy sold the "enterprise" for scrap. in the world was the ship not preserved? and not even admiral who later advises the ship was able to preserve it. other carriers have been preserved we have the "midway" in san diego a long time preserved and the charleston, there's "lexington." all of those have been preserved and it's certainly true that a majority of the "enterprise" veterans would have like to see the ship preserved. there are a few such as -- who was an air crewman in the
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torpedo bombers and became a well regarded ivy league author and instructor has said that he did not want to see his beloved ship basically turn in to an amusement park. he gives a heartfelt statement in the book he would not like to see soda fountain and screaming kids returning around. it's hand to argue with that attitude. but to me, taking the longer view in the current generation of world war ii has gone all that will be left, really, is the ship. i think it's a material loss. i just wish that the their i -- navy had given that a second thought. in the meantime in 1961, the navy commissioned a second uss
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"enterprise" carrier, the first nuclear power carrier of all time, and she's still in commission. he's due for another deployment this year, i believe, and finally will be decommissioned, i think, in 2013 or perhaps '14. and at that point, the "enterprise" legacy will be lost because the navy since the late '60s has taken to paging politicians. want secretary of the navy once told me, he's a naval traditionalist. he said that it's easier to -- get two or three or $6 billion for nuclear power aircraft carrier named for a president or a politician than it is name for an historic warship. that's the reality of the situation. in the meantime, the books and
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some of you probably saw the history channel series "battle 360". which was a pretty good series. per waiting the "enterprise" legend. i'm glad i started the book when i did, to give you a little example. in 2005, my history of the first battle of the philippines in which "enterprise" was involved was published at that time 25% of the contributors already were disceased. my previous book, "whirl world" was published, a little under two years ago, that figure was up to 40%, and now, as of the end of the last year as far as i know over half of the contributors to the "enterprise" are deceased. it was none too soon. and i'm gratified to see the max
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turnout here. i'm grateful for each of you and to barbara. as she said, i'm from -- i've come to regard them as a hometown bookstore. i'll been well received here. did you have anything to add? >> [applause] >> something i wanted to talk about for a minute. always has to be about me. i can't -- [inaudible] my husband -- sure. sorry. my husband and i went japan a few years ago. i was bosch in 1940, i don't have any actual memories of world war ii. this is a world wind, not an "enterprise." i would assume that hershey ma was flat end and nag sack i can was similarly destroyed. i didn't know that in fact, hero
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hero she ma is on the north side. there was an original target near it which i do not recall. a different city . >> [inaudible] on the day that the bomber was to drop a bomb on there, the japanese doesn't surrender. the weather was bad. they went to nag nog sac -- the geography is completely different. when we got there most of the place is still standing. people died because the radiation killed them. unlike that it did not level that place. it is a city with many and gent, you know, rooms and so forth. i was interested, that's kind of stuff you unless you go there, you don't necessarily ever find
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out, you know, the differences. when you were what else did you find? >> i'm amazed a this. it's the first one volume account of operations over japan which included not just the u.s. army and the marine corps. and the british royal navy. the thing that most struck me in researching, you know, americans have always said that there was a second front in world world war ii and it was along the washington, d.c. arm any v army air force. in tokyo inner service rivalry was a full contact sport. the japanese cordially detested each other. they spoke to each other as little as possible, and institutionally they were so far removed, and as pilot that makes
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my brain hurt. the japanese army, air force was heavily influenced by the french dating from about the period of world world war i. in french aircraft in that era, you pull the throttle back to accelerate but the japanese navy was heavily influenced by the british whale navy which is common sen for the standard push to go throttle. so i couldn't help but wondering how interesting must it have been to be in a joint aviation con friday when they were in huffing contests. [laughter] >> very nice, sir. do you want to answer questions? >> yes. anybody have questions? i'll be delighted to reply. yes, sir? >> navigation that the pilots use early in the war before they had radar to basically guide
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themselves back to the ship after the mission or even going out on the mission? >> yes, sir. naval avenue yai to -- aviators in thatter are up through the end of world war ii they had a wee -- wee gee board. it would slide under the instrument panel, had a circular groove on it and before launching from the carrier, you would plot your point departure, and then used circumstance lair grid to factor in the wind -- which frequently was inaccurate, and then you would have to adjust your compass heading accordingly fly that or whatever it is. and use that data on your
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plotting board back to the ship. and it required a high standard of navigation. in those days the navy had electronic homing device which most aircraft could receive. but frequently admirals task group commanders were reluctant to turn them on. the enemy could monitor them as well. a -- no pilot who was not flown outside of land can fully appreciate what that's like in a single engineer plane. it's an achievement. >> just basically make come us. s. >> yes. you would set that to the launch heading of the ship, and then constantly check that again the wet come pass. >> not even -- [inaudible conversations] >> no. yes, sir? >> hi. you talked about what is called a zb.
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>> yes, sir. >> had t had a code set up every day so if you didn't get the i did's code when you went out, you had the letter z it might not go back to the ship, it might go someplace else. every day day before they flew they had to get the latest clue so that [inaudible] listen to it on the radio morris cord may be the letter b. or b was out at 0708 from the ship. you get that many, you knew you were going fly back, get you back to the ship. >> that's correct. [inaudible] listen to that while we were out there. >> yes, sir. it was a yebz homer. it was a low-frequently twos. >> yes, sir?
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>> after the war, the navy had got ahold of the japanese codes and translated them. how long were those codes available during the war? >> the question regards the u.s. military access to japanese codes before the war. as far as i know, we did not break any of the japanese military code. maybe a diplomatic code prior to pearl harbor, but in early '42, the pacific fleet, what was called the radio intelligence unit had broken in to the japanese operational codes and were able to predict with some accurate sei what japanese forces were likely to appear at the given time and place, and that was a huge factor in the victory of mid way, and our knowledge of cryptal cyst only
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increased that point on from that -- for instance in 1945, we knew that the japanese government was not interested in surrendering because they were in touch with moscow, and exchanging diplomatic traffic the japanese wanted to have moscow intervene and that meant that barring something unforseen there would be an innovation of japan. as you heard, the atomic bombs what convinced em error to intervene and end the war. >> do you think that the japanese war really gave japan a sense of confidence they could take the pacific and do what they did? >> yeah. absolutely, it did. the 1905 war between russia and
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japan, which were imper call powers at that time was one of the first times that an asian nation had thoroughly drug a european power. it gave the japanese navy a huge boost of confidence, but from that period on, for the about the next thirty years or so, you saw a deter your ration in the relationship between japanese army and the navy. the navy had been satisfied with the victory at the straiter, and the army became ever more ambitious and aggressive. it lead to basically a state of permanent war on the ashane mainland with china, burma, vietnam, and then, of course in 1911, when they expanded in to the [inaudible] for the petroleum in the
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philippines. >> all right. do you feel that all the pertinent information that was classified after the second world war ii has been released now? >> as far as i know all the operational material has long since been declassified. it's possible, perhaps even probable that some of the crip tow remains classified. not because of the content, but prance of the meftds used. the geniuses who were able to decipher complex military and diplomatic codes by hand, you know, thought they were cooking with gas, as they used to say when they got analog computers. now there are banks and banks of extremely powerful electronic computers that can crack most
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codes within a matter of days or hours. i can understand why the crypt to guys prefer to're on the side of cautious. >> -- [inaudible] against going to war with the united states the changedder of the chief -- [inaudible] most influential man in the navy. the army was going rampant in china. they wanted war and were military resist and that was their business. the fact they actually went to war and tried to assassinate, i under, prior to the war, you think that his initial reluctance had anything to put to play with the performance as admiral in that the navy during the war and the tenure as commander of the japanese navy? >> no. , i really don't. he was a extremely stewed individual. he had two fours of duty in the
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united states in the diplomatic capacity, he saw america's enormous industrial capacity, and there's that came a quote that he did make in contrast to the sleeping giant quotation which he probably never uttered. as good as it is. he predicted that what the surprise attack and the initial japanese technology lodge cam and strategic advantages he said something to the effect that i will run wild for sick months after which i can guarantee nothing. and of course, midway was exactly six months after pearl harbor. but he was very much a dedicated military professional. he was a ware your. he knew the japan had almost no change of winning the war, but his orders were go war, and he
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saluted smartly and carried on. >> yes, sir? >> any understanding with the overall japanese understanding that ocialg nate inned mid '30s in relation to the pacific war, in which they anticipated there would be a war between the united states and japan at some time. both countries practice workings against each other on that. was that because of the huge distances in the pacific that japan felt they could follow this strategy that if you could knock united back on thes heels and draw a line across the pacific, that no country could extend their supply lines further than that, and to add quitly supply and replenish the navel forces there, which the united states was able to do and
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bring the war to japan. that was their whole strategy, my understanding was to get to that point in the pacific fight to a draw and have a negotiated piece. >> i think essentially that's a fair statement. the united navy began planning for [inaudible] probably shortly after the russian war 1950 or '06. my recollection lax was that the japanese anticipated a single decisive engagement in the western pacific at which point the united states would be forced to either to back off and try to rebuild or more likely to reach a settle. essentially a diplomatic set red light which is what japan homed for in 1941. you can refix books eat the
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japanese military psychology. one of the things that struck me in researching this looking at the interviews conducted conducted with officials after the war in the strategic bombing, japanese military professional the and some diplomats knew they could not defeat america in a contest of industrial might. but their sen of personal and national mantra was such they thought it was preferable to fight and lose than not fight. it's a huge culture clash. and really, i don't think either fully understood the other. [inaudible] that seems like a good note to end on. i'm not sure we fully understand each other. but we made propping. i'm heading off to japan again in three weeks. i'll be interested to see in the
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light of various terrible things that happened there. the economic problems they have, and the tsunami we're not going that part of japan. but nevertheless, you know, interest fog see how they -- it's difficult to, i think, overestimate the effect of the sam i are culture, the romans, the romans and whatever the restoration sort of put a lot of those guys out of work. it did. i often wondered what did the people in the ira and the para military in northern ire land what would that do. your whole has been about war. your entire life has been about that. suddenly it's not. and i think that was a big problem in japan, you have the century old tradition and what were they going do with it? it's never been clear to me why they thought it they had to fight the united states and the
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pacific. what was the reason for it? >> yeah. i remember in 1990 during operation desert storm, one of the war spobt actually said it was the first time anybody had gone to war over oil. which was pretty amazing statement. world war ii in the pacific was all about oil. the united states had embargoed oil shipments to japan as a way of protesting and hoping to modify japanese action in china and elsewhere. it got down point where the clock was run, with the geostrategic clock and japan had something like 18 months of oil reserves after which they would be unable to conduct operations. the decision was made, we go now and occupy the -- [inaudible] with the petroleum and try to hold the line there after.
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>> 71 years and i finally heard that. >> did you say that the other reason the dutch went along with that is the embargo -- [inaudible] japan would have been fine. they would along with roosevelt and em bar dwoad also. >> read what's going at the moment. and here we are. when you think about the cost of the courtship thing that happened. incredible 100 years almost, you know, within two months of the titanic. >> the same issues are involved. personal heroism, were there enough lifeboats. -- [inaudible] [laughter] and there's a very interesting new book out a true -- we're not recommending you read it. it was something you learn by after a this some, at least one of the first class lifeboats from the titanic launched and
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the people in which was a small number of first-class passengers including an english aristocrat refused to pick up anybody in the water. a lot of people died. look at the cost of that, it isn't that much defense. i guess maybe the funding nothing really changes, you know. i do want to finish by saying that barrett said something about this did -- [inaudible] it is as far as i know is best seller. it's already been reprinted. they have the entire first edition. you didn't know that? well! [applause] breaking news here! [applause] it's true that the supply side. i'm sure you learn that writing all the military history. the supply sides ultimately decides who wins and loses. you can't fight -- we can't solve problems without
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problems. there we are. thank you so much for coming today. it's wonderful. we've had a long friendship. it's a pleasure to' all of you come out and surprise comprise with barrett. i'm going ask him to go over to the wooden table and sit. i'm going ask all of you to be kind and fold up your chairs and lean them against the wall. visit with him and thank you all for coming very much today. >> visit the author's website for more information. we want to introduce you to michelle fitzgerald the associate director of marketing and publics city at mcmill mill less than publishers. we want to learn about the new upcoming titles. if we could start with the former president of france. >> we have the new book coming out this fall. it was originally published in french. it was the first time it's going to be available in english.
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it has a new part of the president that details how the history of u.s.-french relations. it's a warm and candid memoir. he talks openly about growing up in france during and after world war ii. the political career, and the vision for the future of france, the u.s., and europe as whole. >> will he be touring the u.s.? >> no. unfortunately he will not. he's a bit under the weather at the moment he'll be doing interrues remotely from france. he won't be able to travel. >> israel is probably the most controversial book on the list this season. which makes it fun to work on. he's deputy speaker in israel and what people would refer to as a republican israeli leader. he details that the u.s. and israel have had a strong, close relationship with allies but the u.s. focuses on their own concerns and that for israel prosper in the future they need to do the same and focus on
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themselves first. >> what kind of books do you look for? >> we are a publish ease of non-fiction or global publishers. we look to publish books that focus on all sides of the debate. we want to contribute to the dialogue, and we publish everything on wide range of ideas as well as they're thoughtful and well argued. >> another author who has a book coming out is brooks and don watt kins. >> yes. "free market revolution" it comes to us from the executive director of the rand substitute. they argue that for the u.s. to kind of pull themselves off the brink of the economic crisis we're seeing, we should revert back to the libertarian principles. >> and finally, michelle, one more book we want to ask you about. >> the editor for the largest spanningish daily newspaper in the u.s. she's written a book